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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Dec 26, 2011 4:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

My pick is The Sun and The Moon: The Remarkable True Account of Hoaxers, Showmen, Dueling Journalists, and Lunar Man-Bats in Nineteenth-Century New York by Matthew Goodman.

The title alone kinda fits this crowd. ;-)

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Poster: angular Date: Dec 27, 2011 1:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

How To Keep Your Volkswagen Alive-John Muir

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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Dec 27, 2011 5:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

Loved that book when I had my VW camper.

I miss having people like John around. This country got wound really tight during Reagan and has never really loosened back up.

(Course, you couldn't pay me now to drive one of those deathtraps. heh heh heh.)

Judge TOOTMO

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Poster: angular Date: Dec 28, 2011 12:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

I LOVE my "deathtrap". Lowback seats-four wheel drums and all. Of course I realize what I drive and the limitations of such a vehicle. 1967

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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Dec 28, 2011 1:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

I had a 77 Westphalia Campmobile Deluxe with the sink, fridge, closet, pop-top, dining room, and kid's bed that hung across the front seats. It had fuel injection so it was not near as slow as my dad's 70(?) 1600 or 1800 carbed. It did great down on the coast but when I got to B'ham the steep, short hills were killing me. I spent most of my life in 2nd gear. So I sold the bus and the bong as a package to a friend. He puttered off and I ain't seen him in 15 years.

Judge TOOTMO

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Poster: angular Date: Dec 28, 2011 1:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

Sounds like a great bus! You may find it here

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/

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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Dec 29, 2011 7:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

Outside:
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/lit/77westy/77westy_1.jpg

Inside:
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/lit/77westy/77westy_2.jpg

If you click on the "inside" link: mine was that green with the green and yellow plaid interior. I believe their are currently governmental regulations preventing the manufacture of such color schemes. Seems like the front seats had "straw" stuffing that would break down after a couple of years and you basically sat on the springs.

Judge TOOTMO

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Poster: angular Date: Dec 29, 2011 3:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

The straw is mohair. It is what gives VW's that unique smell that I love so much.

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Poster: reviewr Date: Dec 27, 2011 11:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

A few good ones:
The Professor and The Madman. The true story of the making of The Oxford English Dictionary.

Life. Keith Richards' autobiography.

The Beer Trials. Ratings of beer based on blind taste tests.

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Poster: utopian Date: Dec 28, 2011 11:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

"The Professor and The Madman. The true story of the making of The Oxford English Dictionary."

Yes a Very interesting true story. Fun reading, except when he cuts his pecker off.

.....
Anyone read- Autobiography of a Yogi?
By Yogananda
Or
A Natural History of the Senses- D Ackerman?

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Poster: reviewr Date: Dec 30, 2011 1:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

I read Autobiography of a Yogi several years ago. I liked it a lot, but am kind of skeptical of what the author claims to have achieved. I've been practicing yoga/meditation for years, and have not come close to doing what he did. But, he is MUCH more disciplined.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Dec 27, 2011 12:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

Regarding your first choice, Simon Winchester the author, is someone to check out in depth. Krakatoa is a great place to go after The Professor and The Madman.

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Poster: reviewr Date: Dec 30, 2011 1:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

I made myself a note about Krakatoa. I'll get to it some day.

You mentioned your favorite book for the year. How about an all-time favorite? For me there are a few real standouts: Dracula, The Autobio. of Malcolm X and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Dec 30, 2011 3:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

That is an unanswerable question, but I'll give you four I read about once every other year or so.

Tatham Mound by Piers Anthony

I, Claudius & Claudius the God by Robert Graves

The Civil War- Shelby Foote (just began reading again)

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Poster: dogsinapile! Date: Dec 27, 2011 6:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

"Sometimes a Great Notion" - Ken Kesey
"In Cold Blood" - Truman Capote
Also re-read "Native Son" by Richard Wright for the first time since 1990 or so...

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Poster: boat man Date: Dec 27, 2011 8:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

"The Millinium Trilogy" by Stieg Larsson

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Dec 27, 2011 2:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

The Book of Genesis illustrated by R. Crumb - was also a great exhibition at San Jose Museum of Art re the same. Nothing like great fiction illustrated by Crumb!

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Poster: wineland Date: Dec 27, 2011 11:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
http://tinyurl.com/3xpnbxe

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Poster: polarized blue Date: Dec 27, 2011 11:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

I was given that as a Christmas present when it was first published. I loved that book and then passed it on to my dad.

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Poster: leftwinger57 Date: Dec 27, 2011 8:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

Jacobs' Beach The Fights the Mob The Fifties.-by Kevin Mitchell.
It actually starts before the fifties and gives a brutal account of the fight game and all fixes and players with in.If anyone is interested in all the incarnations of MSG and other venues, the reporters who were paid off to some of the nice guys who got pushed around by the bullies like Sonny Liston.Oh yea ALi and Don King are of course in there near the end.

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Poster: turnphilup Date: Dec 27, 2011 10:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

http://tinyurl.com/8ypgxpt

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Dec 27, 2011 6:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

"Black Elk Speaks" - John Neihardt

"Hard Times" - Studs Terkel

On the "Best of" list in perpetuity:

"Harold and the Purple Crayon"

"Where the Wild Thngs Are"

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Poster: DeadATL Date: Dec 26, 2011 5:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

by Eric Metaxas

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Poster: dawncoming Date: Dec 26, 2011 7:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

David Howarth's *The Voyage of the Armada: the Spanish Story.*

the books views the Spanish armada story from both the English and the Spanish perspectives, gives quite a different story from what we learned in middle school history.

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Dec 26, 2011 8:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

Miracle of he Rose by Jean Genet.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Dec 27, 2011 5:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

In The Heart of the Sea - Nathaniel Philbrick

True story that inspired Moby Dick. If you like Patrick O'Brian, this one is for you (also provides a fascinating look at early Nantucket for your Nor'Easters).

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Dec 27, 2011 6:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

You mean Nor' Eaters...

"Under Coffin's watchful eye, the helmsman brought the ship as close as possible to the derelict craft. Even though their momentum quickly swept them past it, the brief seconds during which the ship loomed over the open boat presented a sight that would stay with the crew for rest of their lives.

First they saw bones-human bones-littering the the thwarts and floorboards, as if the whaleboat were a seagoing lair of a ferocious, man-eating beast. Then they saw the two men. They were curled up in opposite ends of the boat, their skin covered with sores, their eyes bulging from the hollows of their skulls, their beards caked with salt and blood. They were sucking the marrow from the bones of their dead shipmates.

Instead of greeting their rescuers with smiles of relief, the survivors-too delirious with thirst and hunger to speak-were disturbed, even frightened. They jealously clutched the splintered and gnawed over bones with a desperate, almost feral intensity, refusing to give them up, like two starving dogs found trapped in a pit"



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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Dec 27, 2011 5:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

Thought you might have read this one.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 27, 2011 7:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

Yeah, I never realized how far off shore they island was...

Great book. Have two copies. Gifts for nature boy and all.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Dec 27, 2011 7:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

Spent some summers there in the 70's. Fantastic whaling museum downtown. They have incredible strick zoning laws. Still have original cobblestone streets and whaling captain's mansions. Like stepping back in time (if you can overlook the BMW's and Land Rovers from Long Island).

EDIT: "strick"? I happen to like it.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 28, 2011 6:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

Hmmm...didn't even notice...I do as well.

Not my "they", though...argh. But, strick works.

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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Dec 27, 2011 5:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

Liked "In the Heart of the Sea".

Also, I thought "The Perfect Storm" was really good (especially, if you read before having Geo. Clooney imprinted in your brain as the capt.)
http://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Storm-True-Story-Against/dp/0393050327/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&;qid=1325036194&sr=8-2
Brand new for $1.88; used for $.01.

And continuing on the nautical theme, "Isaac's Storm". It's the story of the Galveston hurricane as told from the perspective of the local meteorologist. If you have ever ridden a hurrican out, you will appreciate this book.

http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF-8&;hl=en&tab=wl
If you zoom in to Cadillac Ave, between Pensacola Street and Penicault Street, you'll see the one empty lot on the bayou—that's where our house used to be. And if you go across Bienville to the gulf, you'll see a pier that ends in the sand. None of that sand was there before Katrina. That pier used to end in fairly deep water and we would fish for sharks off the end, amongst other fish.

Judge TOOTMO
Former Dauphin Islander

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Dec 28, 2011 6:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

Talk about coincindences, last night I happened to flip on Travel Channel's Mysteries At The Museum and they were talking about Thomas Nickerson's written account of the tradgedy now housed at the Nantucket Whaling Museum. Creepy.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Dec 28, 2011 12:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

Waiting For The Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee



The Boat by Nam Le


The Way Through Doors by Jesse Ball

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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Dec 27, 2011 5:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

I started reading the "Lonesome Dove" tetralogy when I was in Denver last winter. Having never seen the movies, I really enjoyed them. They got me back to reading fiction this year.

Judge TOOTMO

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Poster: DeadATL Date: Dec 28, 2011 8:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

Anyone read Ghost Wave by Chris Dixon?
http://ghostwavebook.com/

I'm not a surfer, but the author is an old high school friend. It's on my "to read" list.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Dec 26, 2011 5:27pm
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The Kite Runner

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Dec 26, 2011 6:05pm
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The Kite Runner has never left me since I read it and has had a profound effect on my life.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffbeep* Date: Dec 26, 2011 8:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

Robur The Conqueror by Jules Verne
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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Dec 26, 2011 9:01pm
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thanks for the tip, JV is definitely my style; cheers

Robur The Conqueror

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Poster: user unknown Date: Dec 26, 2011 5:33pm
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Life After Life: A Story Of Rage And Redemption
by: Evans D. Hopkins

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Poster: shakeitupnow Date: Dec 27, 2011 12:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
Pure Magic.

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Dec 26, 2011 5:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was the Best Book You Read this Year? LONE SURVIVOR!

Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 by Marcus Luttrell

One of the most fascinating stories you'll ever read. I can't imagine anyone not being totally enthralled by the story. Even my mom, who is bored to death by any military stuff, said it was one of the best books she ever read. I really can't recommend this book enough.

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Dec 26, 2011 6:06pm
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Curious George and the High Voltage Fence.

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Poster: jackaroe_RI Date: Dec 28, 2011 12:13am
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How did you ever make it all the way through that book? I had just finished Long Days Journey into Night and was looking for more French lit suggestions. This was what I was recommended and I tried 4 separate times to read it. Furthest I made it was pg 137.

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Poster: pastor_maxwell Date: Dec 28, 2011 3:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

"A Game of Thrones," without question. Better than tv, like books are supposed to be.

I just started an old Stephen King Gunslinger/Dark Tower book. Thas' gon' be good, too, ah reckon.

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Dec 28, 2011 9:03am
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I read all 5 in this series this year, I loved 'em. Can't believe I have to wait several years for him to finish this saga.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Dec 28, 2011 6:51am
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Game of Thrones is a superb series. I'm on Feast of Crows.

If you like his style you should also check out Tad Williams' "Memory, Sorrow and Thorn"

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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Dec 29, 2011 6:45am
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I just finished "Game of Thrones" and am on the second one, "A Clash of Kings". While I normally don't like to devote this much time and energy to one author/genre, Martin's character development is so complete that it is hard to stop reading because you actually care what happens to his characters (though some of the characters are such bastards (haha) that you keep reading just to see them get their comeuppance.) These stories are very much character driven.
Looks like the fifth book, and your next book, "A Dance with Dragons", was published this past summer.

These are the first books that I have read on in Kindle mode on my tablet: WOW!! Don't think I'll ever go back to lugging around parchment. These books are over a thousand pages and would be uncomfortably heavy compared to an e-reader. (Please, spare me the "I-have-to-have-a-book-in-my-hand-b.s.".)
The other great thing about reading it this way, if I have time to kill, I can read a few minutes on my phone and it will sync "last page read" with my tablet or computer next time I go on (though, I don't have to be online to read.)

Judge TOOTMO

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Dec 29, 2011 7:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Game of Thrones

You have me thinking more about a kindle, ect. I love my books, but I wonder will they be in buckets in the basement like my CD's are, and soon.

Hey TOOT's, Game of Thrones isn't for me (a non-fiction guy), but would you let a fairly worldly 14 year old read them, i.e. content.

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Dec 29, 2011 8:38am
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I would say these books are way too "worldly" for your normal teenager. Not only are they bloody, there's a lot of bawdy talk, sex, incest, palace intrigue, and sometimes gross detail... not to mention a mind-boggling array of hundreds of characters to keep track of. Sort of like Tolkien on steroids. If your teen has the attention span, these books are addicting, but the shortest one is about 600 pages. Very rich stories.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Dec 29, 2011 9:30am
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My bro gave him the whole series, its length battling Foote's Civil War trilogy! Anyways, bro raves about the series and justifiably so. But the exact themes you mention uj, can't help but be a concern. If he is a writer that can take you far away, a rape scene or one of pedophilia is bad news, especially in lengthy detail. (Shoot, I probably wouldn't read it.) I am on the fence, but I have about a day to decide before he explodes in anticipation. And yes, I have skimmed the series and watched the first TV episode. The ending of which did not comfort me regarding my question.

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Dec 29, 2011 10:55am
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I happen to love intricate fiction sagas like this (Dune, LOTR) - but this one is notable for length, depth of character development and rich, interwoven story lines. The reader will be engrossed in this world. I don't recall any pedophilia per se, and rape is not in lengthy or violent detail, but instead it's an ever-present threat to any female of age. As the Judge notes, an older reader will be able to discern more readily, and not be titillated by the exposure to this world-view of a variety of different cultures, religions, societies and practices. It's definitely NOT a world where women are empowered, except by magical arts, sex or treachery.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Dec 29, 2011 12:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Wheel of Time????

UJ -

It almost goes without asking, but I'm certain you've read Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time epic? The last book is due out this summer if rumor is true.

Talk about complex interwoven plots, detailed character development, etc. I've re-read the series 4 times - Book 1-6, Book 1-8, Book 1-10 and Book 1-13. Holding off for the final re-read until the last book comes out.

I think I started reading this series in 1992??? Sheesh - 19 years of my life on one series - am I a loser or what?!?!?

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Dec 29, 2011 12:39pm
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No, I hadn't - thanks for the rec! Between work and other hobbies, I generally don't investigate too many books, maybe 6-10 per year.

14 frickin books! good lord... that should keep me busy till spring...

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Dec 29, 2011 1:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wheel of Time????

Holy Crap!!

If you like LOTR, Dune, Game of Thrones I can guarantee you will really enjoy the Wheel of Time series. It is phenomenal - classic good vs. evil fantasy storyline, but Jordan's detailed writig and the depth of plot and character development is astounding.

You should start now......you have a lot of reading to do!!

Happy New Year.

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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Dec 29, 2011 10:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Game of Thrones

My oldest is in his 20's and I would not recommend it to him. I asked if he had read them (he's a big Fantasy reader) and he said he put them down because of the sheer volume of storylines to keep track of.

The problem with the sex is that most of the sex is not consensual. And, as usually happens with non-consensual sex, one side tends to enjoy it a lot less than the others. There are also some serious mysognistic undertones running through the stories that may be historically realistic but that may require an older reader to assign them properly to their place.

Just my thoughts,
Judge TOOTMO

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Dec 29, 2011 2:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Game of Thrones

TOOT's, I lost something you gave me. Send/Shoot me a new one please.

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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Dec 30, 2011 7:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Game of Thrones

I just contacted your cable provider.
TOOTMO

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Dec 29, 2011 10:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Game of Thrones

Throw in necrophilia, pedophilia, bestiality, gang rape and/or forcible sodomy (I think those two were implied if not specifically already mentioned) and graphic descriptions of all of the above. Some parts made me cringe.

Definitely not for a 14 year old - worldly or otherwise - IMO.

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Dec 27, 2011 11:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

Frank Sinatra and The Lost Art of Living The Way You Wear Your Hat

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Poster: deadhead53 Date: Dec 26, 2011 5:20pm
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Hitman: the story of Johnny martaurano by Howie Carr and I am loving team of rivals by Doris kearns Goodwin. Both titles can apply here! Hahahahaha, I hear that Stephen kings new book is good. As well!

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Poster: buscameby Date: Dec 27, 2011 8:12am
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Last Night in Twisted River John Irving

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Dec 27, 2011 8:14am
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Three must-reads from this year:

"The Art of Fielding" by Chad Harbach.
One of the best debut novels I've ever read. A baseball book that will automatically thrill lovers of the game and yet will be equally compelling for people who would be hard-pressed to name even three MLB teams. Must-read.

"When the Killing's Done", by TC Boyle.
Every book he writes should be read. The most exciting author working today. This novel pits two environmentalists who would otherwise be on the same side against each other because one thinks the other isn't radical enough. Raises very compelling questions about how much or even if humans should mess with the prey-predator dynamics in the animal world to save the eco-systems they inhabit.

"The Submission", by Amy Waldman.
A blind-submission contest is held for architects and designers to create a 9/11 memorial at Ground Zero in NYC. A beautiful garden design is chosen by the committee and everyone is thrilled until the winning name is revealed: Mohammed Kahn. The ensuing firestorm of public and political reaction seems so real you can hardly believe the book is a work of fiction. No easy answers provided by the author--one of the deepest and most intelligent novels you'll ever read.

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